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Director, MS Professional Workforce Development in Waltham, MA at National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Date Posted: 7/12/2018

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    Waltham, MA
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Job Description

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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. We partner with volunteers to accomplish our work. Staff members engage volunteers through effective and timely communications, facilitating meaningful opportunities, and continually seeking and providing feedback for reciprocal growth and learning.

Position Summary

The Director of Professional Workforce Development leads a team to identify and implement creative strategies to improve access to high quality MS care by increasing the number of knowledgeable healthcare professionals involved in MS care. This includes strategies to grow the MS professional workforce and enhance the existing healthcare professional workforce across the spectrum of healthcare disciplines involved throughout the lifetime of MS.

Essential functions

Develop and implement strategies to expand the MS professional workforce 
  • Work collaborative with the healthcare access leadership to develop a sustainable workforce expansion strategy including targeted disciplines, locations and assessment of short and long-term impact
  • Co-Lead outreach initiatives with Healthcare provider engagement team through which health professionals and students are encouraged to train and practice in MS care
  • Lead Society medical student mentorship program, including program promotion, application process, monitoring the local selection process, engaging students and collecting pre-post program data including long-term follow-up, staff guidance/support and outcomes evaluation
  • Lead Society's STEP UP program for PT students; Explore strategies to sustain and potential expand the program.
  • Collaborate with field staff to identify gap areas and develop strategies to improve the workforce development in those areas, including outreach to student groups, allied health training programs, medical schools, etc.
  • Support AVP, Healthcare Access in the implementation of Society enhancements to the Clinical Fellowship program, including the Symposium on Advanced MS
  • Reach out to other organizations as potential collaborators to identify additional avenues to attract new talent and train clinicians in MS care
  • Develop metrics and track the impact of workforce expansion initiatives

Lead Society efforts to collaborate, develop and implement professional education opportunities across multiple disciplines including neurology, nursing, rehabilitation, mental health and wellness 
  • Lead development of strategic professional education programs
  • Work with other professional organizations and develop collaborative relationships that will expand the reach of educational program and reduce redundancies
  • Develop and implement guidance and training for Society staff on the approach to professional education
  • Ensure that Society resource information for professionals and for people affected by MS are part of every Society-developed and collaborative educational program
  • Lead efforts to improve participation of healthcare professionals in educational programs
  • Utilize a wide variety of outreach for professional education including live, web based, CME journal articles, journal clubs, etc.
  • Develop metrics and track the impact of workforce enhancement initiatives to track change in practice based upon participation in educational programs

Lead the Society's efforts improve access to age-appropriate, high quality and affordable long-term services and supports for people with MS 
  • Develop and deliver networking and learning opportunities for professionals who serve people with advanced/progressed MS (adult day and nursing home alliances, clinical fellows training re: care for patients with advanced MS)
  • Collaborate across Society functional areas to ensure that people affected with MS have appropriate information about LTSS and that they are able to make informed decisions about long term needs
  • Collaborate with Research team to promote investigation and evaluation of the most effective models of delivery of long term services and supports
  • Work closely with Director, Targeted Populations to facilitate development of and leverage existing resources for housing, adult day, and other long-term services and supports for people with MS
  • Provide information and advice to Advocacy staff re: public policy around long-term services and supports issues

Organizational Responsibilities
  • Serve in a leadership or participant capacity on Society-wide teams, task forces and committees
  • Contribute content on the Society's web site, particularly in the Professional Resource Center
  • Collaborate with Advocacy, Marketing and other Society departments to advance strategic objectives in a coordinated and consistent manner
  • Cultivate volunteers, seeking and providing feedback and sharing opportunities for reciprocal growth and learning.
  • Recognize the contributions of all volunteers. (Communication, Inspiring Others, People Management, Learning, Being Open and Receptive)